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Pace yourself, it's the holidays

I'm sitting here at my computer, writing my blog 3 days in advance because I have a show scheduled this weekend and my board member duties as well.  This time of the year, we end up crazy with holiday functions, gift getting, work commitments and life in general.  While all of these things are important, sometimes you need to steal a moment for your own sanity.  Yes, you need to consider your invitations; but don't put off your loved ones or things you love doing in a rush to accomplish your to do list for the holidays.  

I have classes scheduled, shows, thanksgiving, board meetings, volunteer time, doctor's appointments,..... where do I fit in my own time?  When I have a list for the day, I stop for a second and consider how best to use my time.  Is there something that I can put off for another day?  Can I do something right now so it gives me a spare moment later?  All of can feel overwhelming, but I find that I can be a few minutes late here and there.  

Don't push!  Give your self permission to cancel.  I won't cancel shows, but I can cancel on social or some volunteer events if I have to.  (Don't worry Chuck, that doesn't include the first Saturday in December.)  If you have to push yourself too hard, nothing is going to get your best.  Your best work, your best efforts or your best self.  

You don't have to say yes to everything.  That is right, even if you don't have anything scheduled for that time, you are not obligated to accept an invitation.  Especially if the event isn't going to give you something positive.  If it won't be fun, make you money or give you any gain anywhere, don't agree to go.

This time of year is supposed to be joyful, keep that in mind and you have the right to pick and choose what you are going to do. 

So that is it, my  blog is going to be very short and sweet.  If you are looking for something to do today, Custer's Christmas Show opened yesterday at the Spokane Fair Grounds.  It is a fun thing to do but only, if you have the time.